Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting The Paradigm In The Hokianga

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Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting the Paradigm was bought to the Hokianga on 13th and 14th November 2019 to provide an opportunity for whaiora Māori to wānanga solutions to eliminate restrictive practices. Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting the Paradigm is a whaiora Māori led kaupapa that is guided by principles and values that are important to Māori wellbeing including mātauranga Māori, manaaki, tino rangatiratanga and kotahitanga.

Thirty-one whānau from the Hokianga to Ōtautahi gathered for a pōwhiri at Kohewhata Marae, Kaikohe. Keynote speaker on day one Egan Bidois shared his journey through the services from a place of restriction to reminding us of the ‘possibilities of abilities’. On day two Dr Maria Baker shared her doctorate findings ‘Seeking solutions to being restricted’ which prompted lots of whakaaro and kōreroreo from participants about action and solutions to change the outcomes for future generations.

The Te Kete Pounamu hui in Kaikohe and Rawene in September 2018 whaiora Māori shared kōrero and whakaaro about the impact of practices that restricted them from equitable health care including the use of restraint, seclusion and over medication. The kōrero has been echoed at various Te Kete Pounamu hui around the motu.

The desired outcome from Tūmata Kōkiritia is to create a space of healing from Te Ao Marama. The safe space would be created through the delivery of a noho wānanga that encompasses mātauranga Māori. The kōrero and ako from the wānanga will contribute to whaiora Māori led initiatives and strategies that can contribute to the elimination of restrictive practice and uplift the mana and restore tino rangatiratanga of our whānau whaiora who access services.